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Edward Carlson Accident Attorney

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Attorney Edward Carlson

While Florida is the leader in promoting boating accident prevention, unfortunately, boating accidents still happen in our waters.

The Sunshine State leads the country with the greatest number of boating accidents and boating fatalities. There were 766 boating accidents in the state of Florida in 2017, resulting in 67 fatalities, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Florida also leads the nation in the greatest number of registered vessels – 944,162 – with a growing population of non-registered vessels, estimated at one million.

“Florida’s beautiful coastline attracts visitors to its waters all year long,” said Edward D. Carlson, personal injury attorney and co-founder of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. “And while Florida is the leader in promoting boating accident prevention, unfortunately, boating accidents still happen in our waters, resulting in injuries and death.”

Florida does not issue a boating license, but anyone born on or after January 1, 1988 is required to have successfully completed a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating education course or have passed an equivalent course or temporary certificate examination. All boat operators must have in their possession a boating education ID card and a photo identification card before operating a vessel with a motor of ten horsepower or more in Florida. Visitors to Florida must also observe the boating safety education requirements.

In 2017, the leading type of boating accident in Florida was collision. Falling overboard continues to be the leading type of fatal boating accident, with drowning the leading cause of death. Accidents included canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and paddleboards.

“Recreational water activities are fun, but are not risk-free,” continued Attorney Carlson. “When an individual does not follow safety precautions or behaves in a reckless manner, that can result in accidents and injuries to other people. Florida’s personal injury laws protect those who have been injured due to someone else’s negligent behavior. But residents should know that the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in the state is four years from the time the accident occurred.”

To learn more about Florida’s boating safety laws and your rights if you have been injured in a boating accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. Located in Clearwater, Florida, the law office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. has been serving the Tampa Bay area community for more than 46 years. Innovative practice and proven litigation skills make the firm Tampa Bay’s premier legal team, with a proven track record of success and a reputation for excellence. For more information about Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., visit the firm website at carlsonmeissner.com or contact the office directly at 877-728-9653.

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